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Charles Ashbacher"As is so well documented in this book, the concrete applications of geometry was the first of the mathematical arts, closely followed by algebra. While necessary to measure the physical world, geometry as we now know it would have been very limited without the ability to express the ideas in symbols. The authors also convincingly argue that the solving of indeterminate equations was no less significant than the solving of determinate equations in algebra...I found this book captivating as the authors present in great detail how algebra evolved from the first primitive steps to the dynamic and encompassing entity that it is today. Every mathematician should take some time to read this book and appreciate what their predecessors did."
—Charles Ashbacher Technologies